Military Merit Medal (Lippe)
The Military Merit Medal was donated on May 16, 1832 by Prince Paul Alexander Leopold II zur Lippe and was initially only awarded to officers , almost without exception . On October 25, 1908, the medal was donated with silver swords on the ribbon. It was now accessible to crews and NCOs .
The medal is made of bronze and shows the intertwined initials PAL (Paul Alexander Leopold) in the middle , which are surmounted by a princely crown. Under the initials in a semicircle DEM MILITAIR-MERIT . Outside on the edge an oak wreath tied with a bow at the bottom . On the reverse the Lippe rose can be seen, which is surrounded by a laurel wreath .
From December 17, 1914, two crossed swords were added to the medal for military service on the front of the medal in an oak wreath.
The ribbon is ponceau red with golden yellow stripes.
With the abdication of Prince Leopold IV on November 11, 1918, the order was no longer awarded.
- Reiner Schwark: The orders and decorations of the Principality of Lippe-Detmold and the Free State - Land Lippe - 1778 to 1933. Topp + Möller publishing house, ISBN 3-9808505-5-2 .